759: Xingu Black Beer

759 - Xingu Black BeerName: Xingu Black Beer
Brewery: Cervejaria Sul Brasileira
Country of Origin: Brazil
City & State: Florianópolis, Brazil
Style: Belgian Schwarzbier
Alcohol Content (ABV): 4.70%
First Brewed: 1988
Price: $2.79

Tasting Notes
Opaque black in appearance with a very creamy tan head. A rich malt and nutty aroma is followed up by a roast malt and coffee on the palate. Slight touch of bitter hops and citrus.

Ricky’s Thoughts

Hey, I am from Brazil! Not the country… But the city in Indiana. I still like telling people I am from Brazil and letting them figure out if I mean the country. I haven’t even visited the country of Brazil. Maybe I should to pay homage to my hometown. Maybe I can go down there and just drink beer.

I have had this beer before, but I don’t remember much about it. I bet it’s black. How did I guess? Ha! I do like that the tasting notes mentioned a subtle sweetness. I did just finish a pint of Superstition Coffee Stout from Arizona Wilderness Brewing Company. That is a new brewing company to the state of Arizona, and while I didn’t see it, Sheryl grabbed a growler on her way home from work. I keep hearing good things about this brewery, and I must say the beer was delicious. I am picky when it comes to coffee stouts, too.

I am not sure this will really compare to the Superstition Coffee Stout, but I am still excited to try it. It’s been a long day, too. Cheers!

In the Glass: It’s black. Go figure! The beer is truly black as night and is producing a nice little sticky lace that I didn’t expect. I don’t know why I think this will be a boring beer, but I just have low expectations for this beer. Not sure why… Just what I am thinking going in. The beer also left a nice thin layer of bubbles on the top. I wonder how it smells…

Nose: There isn’t much aroma here. If I am getting anything, I am getting some subtle malty flavors on the finish. I am not getting any sweetness nor am I getting anything to write home about. See… I told you this beer wouldn’t be good! I really hope the flavor surprises me.

Flavor: I keep smelling this beer hoping for something… But it’s just not there. However, it is leaving me thinking of all those boring beers in China. From the crap we drank on the plane to the wide variety of boring beers available at any given grocery store (they don’t have liquor stores in China), I am just reminded of those beers.

I am drinking this ice cold, and I will say this beer is producing a much nicer flavor than I expected. The flavor is there and gone again, but what I am getting is a nice refreshing sweet explosion of flavor as I drink. The flavor is nothing to write home about (I say that a lot), but if someone offered me one I wouldn’t say no. I bet this gets better as it heats up.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is pretty boring. I tried swishing it around in my mouth a little, but it really didn’t change my experience. It actually is better when you just drink it! Few beers are like that, but this one dries out a little bit when you swish it around in your mouth. I was hoping this would be good, but didn’t have a lot of high expectations. Oh well. I might go to the gym when I finish drinking this just to feel better about consuming these calories!

Aftertaste: The aftertaste is decent… The beer leaves a nice subtle sweetness that dries as I continue to swallow. I bet this beer would pair well with spicy foods. Not Indian spicy, but a nice buffalo hot wing spicy. Great, now I want wings! So much for working out!

This is the only beer from Cervejaria Sul Brasileira on the list. I wonder what else they make…

Xingu Black Beer – The bottle says: “NA”

Rating: 3/5

Sheryl’s Thoughts

I have absolutely no idea what beer this is that we are reviewing tonight. This is our first one since we got back from China, and as I have been busy unpacking and doing laundry all evening, I let Ricky pick out a beer to review. And I have no clue what one he picked. So I’m going in blind, but here we go!

The beer looks pretty dark and thick in the glass. It’s got a thick, marshmallowy type of foam on the top. Well, somewhat thick. It’s dissipated, but it’s still got that marshmallow kind of consistency to it. It’s so dark and thick that it’s basically black, and I can’t see anything through the glass. It smells like… well, like pretty much nothing. It almost kind of reminds me of Guinness. I don’t usually get too much smell from that either. Let’s hope it’s got a better taste than smell.

First sip… hmm, there’s a lot there. Sort of. It’s got kind of a motor oil consistency and flavor to it. I can’t even figure this one out. It’s got kind of a subtle dark fruitiness to it. There’s almost a tiny hint of carbonation too, but not much at all. The fruit flavor is almost like a raisin taste. This one looks kind of like a stout, but doesn’t really taste like one much at all, not to me. When I think of stouts, I think of coffee or dark chocolate, neither of which I am getting from this beer. I can’t even decide if I like it or not! It’s kind of good, but too hard to figure out. That’s probably a good thing, that I’m going in completely blind and don’t know what to expect. It just makes me more honest about what I really think of the beer, right?

This one’s good, but not over the top. I might consider drinking it again, even if only to figure it out a bit more. This one’s worth a try, but not for everyone.

Rating: 3.5/5

758 bottles of beer on the wall…

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